After completing my home cinema setup in the last few months , it's time to upgrade my camera so all u guys can see it.... currently have a Sony P50 (2.1MP) , and have narrowed down my options to the 2 mentioned. would like something small , nice look and feel , with all the features but in auto mode , something that even my 8 year old can take , point and shoot. Sony very nice , black adds to the appeal , and my wife likes the look. I presume it has all the relevant features so I can't go much wrong with that one. plus I know the menu system from the P50. the extra battery and case add to the well balanced package. the only 2 cons I can think of are - (1) feels a bit too delicate. (2) memory cards are VERY expensive. Ixus feels way better than the Sony , and would probably last longer. score better on the reviews I've read. has all the latest features and does exceptionally well in auto mode , again from what I've read. another plus is the cheap memory cards. cons - battery life is no on a par with the Sony (that comes with an extra battery anyway). Can I ask all you guys to: 1. add\change pros and cons to either camera. 2. recommend a good and reliable site for purchase either. 3. does it worth buying these in the US? I've got a friend who's coming here every month. Thanks!!